• God Personified

    Let a Sleeping God lie
    Let a Sleeping God lie

    Why is it that the Christian God is supposed to be all-powerful and yet it took him a full 6 days to create the world? Shouldn’t he have been able to do it with a snap of his metaphysical fingers? Any real self-respecting deity should be able to think it and it happens instantly. And while we are at it, if God is so all-powerful, why does he have to rest on the seventh day? Humans need rest, not deities. It’s almost as if someone just made God up by using their own human experiences as a guide.

    The people who created god have simply personified nature and since people need rest, a personified deity would naturally need rest too. In the ancient world, deities like Zeus lived on Mount Olympus and deities like Odin lived in Valhalla. So where does Yahweh live? Heaven of course. But deities don’t really need to live anywhere, right? I mean aren’t all-powerful deity supposed to be everywhere?

    As you can see, Yahweh, like all the other gods before him, are all personifications. Ancient people who couldn’t understand the world used these deities as an attempt to explain the world they couldn’t understand. They created elaborate stories and gave their deity of choice personalities based on human stories and human personalities. That is why God is a jealous God, a vengeful God, a wrathful God, a Just God, etc. These are all human traits. The war in Heaven is based off wars on Earth. Deities don’t need to fight wars and if they did, they would win instantly — not stretch it out for thousands of years with elaborate schemes of impregnating virgins. Humans have sons, deities live forever and always were and always will be, so how can they give birth to a divine child?

    These are ancient stories told to explain what was unexplainable. Now science can explain much of what was unexplainable and so now God is forced to fill the gaps. However, even though science can’t explain everything we should be mature enough as a race to simply say that we don’t know the answers to all the questions without the need to make up answers with stories of divine intrigue. A deity is no longer even needed to fill the gaps as long as we are mature enough to accept the gaps and curious enough to attempt to fill those gaps through the continued exploration of science and philosophy.

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.

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    1. If you want to add more human characteristics that have been attributed to Yahweh:

      God gets angry or jealous. Numerous OT stories.
      God has a face Exodus 33:20
      God has hands and fingers Exodus 31:18
      God has feet Exodus 24:10
      God has a nose Gen 8:21
      God has a backside Exodus 33:23
      He has bowels and a heart Jeremiah 4:19
      God has male sexual organs Ezekiel 1:27 (delicately translated as “loins”)
      God sits on a throne Psalm 11:4
      God is fearful of human competition Gen 3:22
      God used a chariot for transportation II Kings 2:11
      God is extremely powerful, but not omnipotent. He gets tired Gen 2:1 and Exodus 31:17
      God is wise but not omniscient I Kings 22:20 and Isaiah 6:3
      God has to test people to find out if they are good Gen 22

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